As President Trumps final minutes wound down of his administration and he gave his last speech as he departed. The national media just couldn’t let it go. One more time, the demonization and manipulation of the stats to show his worst. Granted, he’s an easy target. I have never been fond of his lack of tact and diplomacy, but his policies, those are noteworthy.
Lets review the factcheckers :
TRUMP: “We got the vaccine developed in nine months instead of nine years or five years or 10 years, a long time. It was supposed to take a long time. … We have two out, we have another one coming almost immediately.” — remarks Wednesday before leaving Washington.
TRUMP: “Another administration would have taken three, four, five, maybe even up to 10 years to develop a vaccine. We did in nine months.” — address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: Actually, the administration didn ’t develop any vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies did. And one of the two U.S. companies that have come out with vaccines now in use did not take development money from the government. Trump’s contention that a vaccine would have taken years under a different administration stretches credulity. COVID-19 vaccines were indeed remarkably fast, but other countries have been developing them, too. A vaccine for the coronavirus is not a singular achievement of the United States, much less the Trump administration.
U.S. drugmaker Pfizer developed its vaccine in partnership with Germany’s BioNTech, eschewing federal money for development, though benefitting from an advance commitment from Washington to buy large quantities if the vaccine succeeded. A vaccine by Moderna, from the U.S., is also in widespread use.
Response to the factcheckers:
First, “stretches credulity”…. Really? by definition
“A weak or ignorant disregard of the nature or strength of the evidence upon which a belief is founded; in general, a disposition, arising from weakness or ignorance, to believe too readily, especially impossible or absurd things.”
First thing that comes to my mind, is the old saying ” Looking for the fly shit in the pepper” (apologies for language.)
See public statements below. Just a little credit would be nice.
The Covid-19 [coronavirus] vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech is being produced as part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed, the revolutionary public-private partnership launched earlier this year to speed the development, production, and distribution of vaccines to protect against the virus.
The companies announced that they were developing the vaccine in collaboration with Operation Warp Speed in July.
“Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) and BioNTech SE (Nasdaq: BNTX) today announced the execution of an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS] and the Department of Defense [DOD] to meet the U.S. government’s Operation Warp Speed program goal to begin delivering 300 million doses of a vaccine for COVID-19 in 2021,” a press release from the companies stated in July.
The press release from the companies included a quote from HHS Secretary Alex Azar that described the agreement as adding the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to “Warp Speed’s diverse portfolio”:
See Pfizer’s Facebook page announcing the collaboration with Operation Warp Speed.
TRUMP: “We have the greatest economy in the world.” — remarks Wednesday.
TRUMP: “We also built the greatest economy in the history of the world.” — address Tuesday.
THE FACTS: No, the numbers show it wasn’t the greatest in U.S. history. And he is the first president since Herbert Hoover in the Depression to leave office with fewer jobs than when he started.
Did the U.S. have the most jobs on record before the pandemic? Sure, the population had grown. The 3.5% unemployment rate before the recession was at a half-century low, but the percentage of people working or searching for jobs was still below a 2000 peak.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer looked at Trump’s economic growth record. Growth under Trump averaged 2.48% annually before the pandemic, only slightly better than the 2.41% gains achieved during Obama’s second term. By contrast, the economic expansion that began in 1982 during Reagan’s presidency averaged 4.2% a year.
Response to the factcheckers:
Good job in using isolated stats to downplay one of the greatest economies in the history of the country. As for as leaving the office with fewer jobs, something called COVID-19 could have something to do with that. It has been said “COVID-19 has caused an economic shock three times worse than the 2008 financial crisis”. small fact left out.
So, if we’re dropping names to prove points, according to Karl W. Smith, former vice president at the Tax Foundation and an assistant professor of economics at the University of North Carolina in a November 13th article.
“In 2016, real median household income was $62,898, just $257 above its level in 1999. Over the next three years it grew almost $6,000, to $68,703. That’s perhaps why, despite the pandemic, 56% of U.S. voters polled last month said their families were better off today than they were four years ago,” Smith wrote.
The story grows quite interesting when we focus on wage earners in lower brackets. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 20-year growth trend for the 10th percentile weekly wage was $2.03 per quarter. For Trump’s first three years, wage growth was $4.95.
In conclusion see these numbers published by CNBC published Fri Oct,4 2019
- The jobless rate for Hispanics hit a record low of 3.9% in September, while African Americans maintained its lowest rate ever, 5.5%.
- The unemployment rate for Asian Americans was 2.5% in September. The jobless rate for adult women came in at 3.1%.
- The Hispanic women unemployment rate was 3.8% in September and the Black adult women jobless rate was 4.6%.
Not bad for a racist ,bigot, xenophobic.
There are other areas of manipulation of facts, ISIS and the tax cut to name a couple, but running out of space here.
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